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Seattle Police say a car similar to this one was involved in a hit and run crash with a bicycle rider on May 22 near 11th Ave. SW and Spokane Street SW. They are seeking the public's help with any information. If you've seen a car matching the description please call Detective Andrew Norton at (206) 684-8934.
Police seek clues in hit and run: Family seeking closure and answers
John Macy was the victim of a hit and run crash on May 22 and after some painstaking investigation police are hoping to get the public's help to solve this case. For Macy the road to recovery is a long one and he and his family are seeking closure, and justice.
The incident took place around 8:20pm near 11th Ave. S.W. and S.W. Spokane Street, just past the end of the lower level Spokane Street Bridge. Macy had been on his way home to West Seattle from a class he was taking at Seattle Central College. But he remembers virtually nothing from that night aside from heading toward his Avalon Way home westbound on Spokane Street. His next memory is being awakened in the hospital surrounded by his family and doctors. Because he suffered both extremely serious injuries and apparently traumatic amnesia it makes the case far more difficult to solve.
Seattle Police investigators have determined the type of car driven by a suspect, a Saturn S series car. The car is painted metallic blue and after the crash was missing it’s passenger side mirror. A section of the bumper was also left at the scene of the crime.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crime or have seen a car matching the description to please call Detective Andrew Norton at (206) 684-8934.
Pictures posted are of a similar car and not the suspect’s vehicle.
In exclusive interview with the Macy family they shared their thoughts on the case. Macy works for his father at BCT Printers in SODO managing their pre-press department. He was attending college studying computer science and has written specialized software for the printing industry, at the time of the incident he was near the top of his class.
Macy said this was the first time he rode down to the path on Alaskan Way witch then intersects the Spokane Street path. He said that he is a very safe rider, never having even a close call in the past. He always wears his helmet. In the incident, he said he was told later the helmet saved his life.
Macy says he normally takes the Alki Bike Trail which winds back under the bridge and provides a safe route for bikers. So a central question for both the Macy family and police is, how could he have been hit by a car in that location? He was clearly thrown some distance and his bike was badly damaged, ending up some 50 or more feet from where he was found. "That's really what I'd like to know," he said. While Macy said his normal habit is to take the trail, he does say that at times in the past he has used the road instead, without incident. "My bike ride is so short I actually prefer to take the trail," he said noting that he was not in a hurry that evening.
Macy is a year or more away from a full recovery from a pelvic fracture (requiring three screws), a damaged spine, fractured thumb, fractured skull, and other injuries.
What Macy wants is "to get healthy and go on with my life." What he wants from whoever hit him is an explanation of what happened. "I'm not greedy person or a terribly vengeful person. I think justice being brought to a person who would leave another person to die isn't a bad thing, for sure." He would like to see the guilty person prosecuted.
He plans on riding a bike again, and will ride that route again.
His advice to all bikers? "Wear your helmet. It saved my life and it can save yours too."
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